Dubbed "the most exciting two minutes in sports" it is that time of the year again as the Kentucky Derby rolls around at Churchill Downs, Louisville. If a horse is not listed, he hasn't run on a wet track. The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday.
The son of Scat Daddy is the 5-1 second favourite for the 2,000m American classic behind the Bob Baffert-trained Justify, as Baffert aims to become the first trainer to win the Dubai World Cup-Kentucky Derby double. Showing the kind of quick move that has won the Kentucky Derby many times before, Vino Rosso went from fourth on the far turn, four lengths back, to be in front by a head then fought doggedly before finding extra energy and drawing off for a career-best 106 figure.
It is encouraging that the horse, who starts from the No. 14 post position, has raced in the United States before and won, as he did in November in the Breeders Cup.
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Reasons to be wary: If Justify is to win, he'll have to break the "Curse of Apollo" to do it.
No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without racing as a juvenile. He's run and won all over the world, and if he has a good race, could potentially pull away from the pack.
The Kentucky Derby also boasts one of the biggest prize purses for a single race after last year's pool was valued at $2 million, per Sporting News (h/t Romper's Jen McGuire), with $1.24 million of that going to the victor.
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If you aren't an NBC subscriber or don't have a cable login, you can also stream the Kentucky Derby for free on TwinSpires.com, the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs.
"I'm over the moon and it was the way he did it, going forward from the start and doing it the hard way", O'Brien told the Irish Times after the race. Despite being Baffert trained and victor of the best prep in California, I don't like any of the California horses in this Derby. He's 2 for 48 lifetime in the Run for the Roses, having won with Super Saver in 2010 and with Always Dreaming past year. His regal bloodlines and $3 million price tag suggest he would be a worthy champion, but no Europe-based horse has won the Derby.
Undefeated Magnum Moon, is 4 for 4 heading into the Derby. You can also use the site to place bets on who you think will take the three top spots - win, place and show - at this year's Derby.
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